60. “Robert’s Rules of WOW!”

The episode:The Wild World of Batwoman,” ep. 515

The riff: Exclaimed by Crow as a group of scantily clad freedom fighters under theĀ tutelageĀ of Batwoman conduct themselves an orderly meeting.

The explanation:Robert’s Rules of Order” is a guide to conduct and parliamentary procedure that has been in print and revised since 1876. Basically, it offers an idea of how you can put together a “parliamentary” body of your own and conduct meetings efficiently, without everyone just standing there yelling at each other. A club might keep a copy of the book on hand or base their charter around it. Crow is mocking the improbably serious tone of Batwoman’s meeting, considering that all the participants are basically wearing bathing suits or underwear.

Novelty factor: No idea at all. Where did the writers even pull this reference from?


59. “I’m gonna go watch the Kefauver hearings, anyway.”

The episode:The Skydivers,” ep. 609

The riff: Delivered by Mike as one of the movie’s various nondescript characters decides to lumber off the scene. Seriously, this movie is extremely painful.

The explanation: The “Kefauver hearings,” more accurately known as the United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce, was a series of investigations in 1950-1951 into organized crime activity crossing state borders. It became known as the “Kefauver” hearings after its chairman, Senator Estes Kefauver. I’m pretty confused as to the context of this riff, though. It doesn’t fit the time period, and there’s nothing about organized crime in the film. Anybody?

Novelty factor: I’ve never heard of these hearings before. I know you’re probably shocked.